Have You Heard of The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory?

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The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is Key West's number one attraction...and for good reason.

Located right on the Duval Street main drag in Key West, Florida, The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is accessible and affordable.

Once you pass through the gift shop, you'll enter a living terrarium, where insects and frogs are in glass tanks and information about these mini exhibits lines the walls.

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Your next stop is the green house. Though the pathway is small and short, you could easily spend an hour inside this part of the attraction.

When you enter and exit the one-way route, you pass through double doors with mirrors and a wind tunnel. The wind keeps the butterflies from leaving the green house while the mirrors allow you to check if any wayfarers have hitched a free ride on your back.

More than 50 butterfly species abound inside the conservatory, filling the space with dozens of colors and patterns as the winged insects fly by. Some might even land on you!

The exhibit also houses more than 20 species of birds, including two resident flamingos and a family of quails. Turtles also roam the waters and pathway - so be sure to watch your step!

A viewing window into the hatchery also allows visitors to see cocoon-building and metamorphosis in action. Butterflies have short life spans, lasting only days to weeks with a few species lasting a full year.

A separate room adjacent to the gift shop is home to suspended nature art by Sam Trophia, who collects and preserves the bodies of butterflies and arranges them in creative arrays of colorful patterns.


People's Choice Awards and Trip Advisor consistently rank The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory attraction as the number one must-see attraction in the Conch Republic. Be sure to check it out if you're ever in town!

Have you been to The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

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Have You Heard of The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory?